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Medical Marijuana Treatment for Tourette’s Syndrome

Overview of Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome (TS) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that develops during childhood. The syndrome is characterized by motor and phonic tics which may be either transient or chronic in nature. The most common types of tics include eye blinking, throat clearing, coughing sniffing, facial movements, and other involuntary movements and sounds.

The condition appears to also be hereditary, and boys are much more commonly affected compared to girls. There is still no cure for TS; however, medications and therapies are available to help manage the symptoms.

Medical Marijuana Treatment for Tourette’s Syndrome

Medical marijuana is considered an alternative treatment for the management of tics. Research has shown that cannabis can be effective in suppressing tics by reducing their intensity and providing greater relief for Tourette syndrome patients.

In one study by the Department of Psychiatry at Tauranga Hospital (New Zealand), doctors administered “Sativex” to a patient for the treatment of their tics. The prescription drug includes 10.8 mg of THC and 10 mg of CBD. In conclusion, both the patient and the objective observers noted a noticeable improvement in the severity and frequency of motor and vocal tics post-treatment.

In another study from a team of researchers from the University of Toronto, the investigators retrospectively evaluated the safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis in 19 patients with Tourette syndrome. The team concluded that all study participants had experienced clinically significant symptom relief. Furthermore, the cannabis was well tolerated by the subjects of the study.

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If you or a loved one is suffering from the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome, it may be time to explore the potential option of medical marijuana to help alleviate those symptoms. Discuss the possibility of medical cannabis treatment with your physician before giving our medical marijuana in New Jersey a call.

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